“June 12 marks the 124th anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain. The date has become a key moment of national consciousness for Filipinos, and a day to celebrate their culture and heritage around the world.

“Alberta is home to the second-largest Filipino community in Canada. As newcomers, residents and citizens, Albertans of Filipino heritage have played a major role in the development of our province’s economy, society and culture. We are immensely grateful for their contributions.

“I congratulate everyone marking Philippine Independence Day and invite all Albertans to share and express my very best wishes for a day of joyous celebration.

“Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!”